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Govs in 10: Gov Facts Blog

Here are 10 facts about Austin Peay that separate it from other schools in the area

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1. Monocles Up!

Our GOV mascot is known for his famous top hat and his monocle! Whether you’re at a home football game defending Fortera Stadium, cheering on the Govs basketball team in the Dunn Center or posing with your friends on campus, throwing up the monocle sign is a great way to get the Austin Peay experience!

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Show your AP pride with a Monocles Up!


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The Governor excited for new students!

2. Raise your hand if you want to be a GOV!

Austin Peay has over 10,000 students as of 2021. There are many students from different areas of the state, country and globe!

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Lead the way at Austin Peay.


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Let's go Peay!

3. How to pronounce "Peay"

Austin Peay is pronounced just like the letter “P” in the alphabet. Now you can chant the legendary phrase, “Let’s Go Peay!”

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Be sure to let your voice heard as you shout "Let's Go Peay!"

Governor Austin Peay's portrait
Governor Austin Peay

4. Who was Austin Peay?

Austin Peay was governor of Tennessee from 1923 until he died in 1927. Austin Peay State University was named in honor of him in 1929. APSU honors Tennessee governors in many ways. Buildings on campus are named after Tennessee governors, APSU’s mascot is the governor and APSU’s athletic teams are named “Governors.”

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5. Take the last train to Clarksville!

The classic hit by the Monkee’s is no stranger to Austin Peay! Come join us during our pregame celebrations during football season to hear the Governor’s Own Marching Band play this classic hit.

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Band plays at basketball game
You'll be able to hear the Governor's Own Marching Band plays their own rendition of "Last Train to Clarksville" at sporting events.



Football players take the field
The APSU Governors football team link arms before taking the field.

6. Sports galore!

Austin Peay has 16 sports teams for students to join including men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball and men’s golf! Our sports teams have won many trophies for their academic excellence.

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Women's basketball players
The Lady Govs women's basketball team in action against Tennessee State.



Students in a hammock
Austin Peay offers great spots to set up a hammock!

7. We love thy campus beauty.

Seriously. Austin Peay has so many beautiful places to study or hang out with friends. There are places to hammock, have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful artwork around campus. Warm days are the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful scenery campus has to offer.

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Pace Alumni center sits on top of Emerald Hill
The University's Pace Alumni Center sits on top of Emerald Hill.



8. Clarksville, TN

Downtown Clarksville has so much to offer! During the summer, there are many events to partake in such as the farmers market, concerts and other cool events. Be sure to shop local as well. In 2019, Money magazine named Clarksville the #1 Best Place to Live in America. With its young residents and exciting downtown, there’s so much to do!

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Downtown commons in Clarksville
Downtown Clarksville offers many shops, restaurants, and the Downtown Commons.


Student and professor masked up in class
APSU faculty and students keep safe during the pandemic.

9. Personal classroom experiences

At Austin Peay, the student-faculty ratio is 17:1 and 46.8% of its classes have fewer than 20 students. This opportunity allows for professors to learn your name and know who you are.

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10. Study Abroad

If you want to travel while in college, this is the opportunity for you! APSU offers students study abroad opportunities for courses students take. In spring, the Department of Communication studies in London where they partner up with the Salvation Army. Or you can study with the Department of Biology in Belize. The possibilities are endless!

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Studying abroad has many possibilities!




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